I had to leave a job that made me ill too. I still can’t help feeling that I failed and let people down. And people wonder why we’re anxious, and assume it part of our “pathology”.
Below is an account of a time when other people’s poor communication, and my lack of understanding of myself, led to me having to leave a job for the sake of my health.
Workplace bullying isn’t restricted to autistic people, but it is very common. A perfect storm of social expectations, misunderstandings and being misunderstood, can make for a hostile environment.
There are other issues and barriers to work, there were plenty of other sensory struggles that I’ve not covered here as I’m focusing on the social side.
Here is my story. It’s nothing big or flashy, just a slow decline to the point of being unworkable.
A few years ago I worked in an office. One day IT sent out a request asking everyone to try to use their Messenger system, instead of email, to reduce storage demands.
I didn’t just agree out of duty, I was pleased. A…
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